Last year, I wrote a love scene so hot I set my desk on fire. Today was not one of those days. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, not in the mood to write anything, let alone a love scene. Obviously, telling my beloved WIP, “not now, I have a headache,” is not going to result in a Contract. Fellow romance writers, what do you do when you’re not in the mood for writing about passion?
I have my own unique way of getting in the mood to write a love scene when conditions are less than favorable. There’s a reason my office is in the remote reaches of the house; karaoke is my therapy. You may ask yourself, “why karaoke, of all things?” It’s the music-writing connection. I have a “love scene” playlist on my internet radio station. Singing involves more brain cells and helps wake up my brain; it’s all about interacting with the music.
The first song always takes me back to the seventies when I met my husband of 34 years. KC and the Sunshine Band, anyone? If “I’m Your Boogie Man” doesn’t rev me up and squeeze a sentimental tear from my eye, what will? First, for the sake of my marriage, I shut the door. I grabbed the mike (er, marker) and memories of first doing “the Bump” with my husband rose like dust from the dance floor. Back then, at our small church college this was the only time those body parts got touched without a marriage license. Life flowed through me as I danced to the memories.
Onto the eighties: the insistent beat of “I Need You Tonight” by INXS is always hard to resist. A romance novel isn’t worth reading without desire between the characters, and in my story, sparks have been flying between my hero and heroine for a while, building up to the love scene I needed to write. “I Need you Tonight” evoked that primal yearning. I danced over to the desk and jotted down some notes.
I sat down and listened quietly to the last song, “Just the Way You Are,” by Bruno Mars. The melody and lyrics brought tears to my eyes, reminding me that a love scene is just “the Bump” without the spoken expression of love and longing between the hero and heroine.
Writing a great love scene is a delicate dance of sensation and emotion. I’ve shared with you my method of getting rid of that “headache.” What do you do? I’d love to hear from you.
She spent her childhood running wild on an Idaho mountainside. Although she’s lived across the U.S., she is still an Idahoan at heart and a notorious potato pusher. She has a degree in Human Services and worked as a roofer, a hoofer, a computer data entry operator and a stay-at-home mom.
Music has ruled Jennifer’s world since birth. She shimmied out of the womb with a bad case of Boogie Fever, but soon fell in love with the lyrics, how the words fit together perfectly like a jigsaw puzzle. Jennifer has dreamt of writing romances since reading Wuthering Heights at the tender age of twelve, and now lives that dream, using music on a daily basis to uplift and inspire her writing. It’s no coincidence that Ian, the hero in Mercy of the Moon, uses music to win heroine Maggie’s heart.
She lives in rural Florida with her husband and Great Dane puppy, and enjoys frequent visits from her three grandchildren and three grown children. She feverishly lobbies for the return of breeches and would really love to see her husband of thirty-five years in a pair. Jennifer can be found online at: JenniferTaylorWrites.com